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January 1, 2015

50 Comics Positives For 2014: Joe Sacco Returns To Satire


Before Joe Sacco was a journalist and all by himself, it seems, invented one of the richest comics traditions of the last two decades, he was a humorous cartoonist who did a lot of social satire. Bumf was initially presented as a potential return to that way of doing comics, which made it sound slightly retro and, well, nice. What we got instead was a full-on, mean-as-hell, furious and caustic response to the rotten core at the heart of international decision-making. If Sacco spoke this comic to you at the back of a wedding reception, hanging out on a balcony somewhere, you'd go straight home and go to bed. It's an amazing work and doubly so to come from a cartoonist that talented in completely different expressions.
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